New car sales have risen every month for the last year, according to figures released today by the RMI National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA).

They show that month-on-month sales were up 7.9% compared with February 2012. Fleet registrations decreased by 4.4% last month while private registrations increased by 28.9%.

NFDA director Sue Robinson said: “It is positive that new car sales were up in February for the twelfth month in a row.

“In previous years February has tended to report a low market in unit numbers, particularly in retail sales, as consumers wait for the plate change on the 1 March. Therefore it is encouraging that February experienced such increased sales with the market supported by strong manufacturer deals and offers that are encouraging consumers to buy.

“We expect market growth to continue at a similar level during March with dealers already reporting boosted sales. There continues to be a strong demand from consumers.”